Letterbook 2

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Letter, Hyrum Smith to Parley P. Pratt • 22 December 1839
answer to the foregoing—
Hancock Co Ills Decr. 22. 1839
Dear
In consequence of the absence of my Brother Joseph your letter has come into my hands to which I intend to reply and give such instructions and advise you, respecting the matters and things of which you write, as I feel led by the spirit of the Lord
I was truly glad to hear of the prosperity of the Churches in, and about the vicinity of truly these things are pleasing to the saints, and I presume to none more so than yourself who was the instrument in the hands of God of planting the standard of truth, in those regions, around which so many are now rallying
You express a desire to have the Book of Mormon &c printed in &c &c— and have taken some steps towards accomplishing that object. As respects this matter I would say that it is one of great importance and should be properly considered. Not only is the City of destitute of this Book but there is truly a famine throughout the , and another large Edition is certainly required. But, at the same time I cannot give any encouragement for the publication of the same, other, than at this place or, where it can come out under the immediate inspection of Joseph and his councillors, so, that no one may be chargeable with any mistakes that may occur; I want the Books we print here should be a standard to all nations in which they may be printed, and to all tongues into which the same may be translated. Again, as this place is appointed a Stake and a place of gathering for the saints, I think that every facility should be rendered it, in order that the saints may be able to accomplish the great works which have to be performed in this generation. I should therefore strongly advise, yea, urge you, and all the Elders of Israel, when they meet with those who have means, and a disposition to forward this work— to send them to this place where they may receive council from time to time. If when Brothers Joseph & return we should deem it prudent to avail ourselves of the facilities offered in for reprinting— [p. 80]
Letter, Hyrum Smith to Parley P. Pratt • 22 December 1839
answer to the foregoing—
Hancock Co Ills Decr. 22. 1839
Dear
In consequence of the absence of my Brother Joseph your letter has come into my hands to which I intend to reply and give such instructions and advise you, respecting the matters and things of which you write, as I feel led by the spirit of the Lord
I was truly glad to hear of the prosperity of the Churches in, and about the vicinity of — truly these things are pleasing to the saints, and I presume to none more so than yourself who was the instrument in the hands of God of planting the standard of truth, in those regions, around which so many are now rallying
You express a desire to have the Book of Mormon &c printed in &c &c— and have taken some steps towards accomplishing that object. As respects this matter I would say that it is one of great importance and should be properly considered. Not only is the City of destitute of this Book but there is truly a famine throughout the , and another large Edition is certainly required. But, at the same time I cannot give any encouragement for the publication of the same, other, than at this place or, where it can come out under the immediate inspection of Joseph and his councillors, so, that no one may be chargeable with any mistakes that may occur; I want the Books we print here should be a standard to all nations in which they may be printed, and to all tongues into which the same may be translated. Again, as this place is appointed a Stake and a place of gathering for the saints, I think that every facility should be rendered it, in order that the saints may be able to accomplish the great works which have to be performed in this generation. I should therefore strongly advise, yea, urge you, and all the Elders of Israel, when they meet with those who have means, and a disposition to forward this work— to send them to this place where they may receive council from time to time. If when Brothers Joseph & return we should deem it prudent to avail ourselves of the facilities offered in for reprinting— [p. 80]
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